Why you should skip breakfast
Why do we eat breakfast? Do we eat because we’re hungry or is it more of a habitual thing? Metabolism starts to slow as we get older. I’m turning 30 in a few months and I certainly can’t eat like I used to without ballooning up. If you’re 25 or older, ask yourself this: When is the last time you woke up genuinely hungry? Do you really feel good after scarfing down a stack of pancakes?
Intermittent fasting (IF) has been growing in popularity over the past few years for a variety of reasons, most notably the fact that studies show it not only helps with weight loss but has other awesome health benefits — like killing cancer cells. If you think about it, our species has been fasting since the dawn of existence. Only recently have we been able to eat whatever we want, whenever we want.
So what is intermittent fasting? Break the words down and there you go. Basically, you go without food (fasting) for a period of time (intermittent), then eat during a small window of time. The best meals to skip are your first couple, because when you wake up you’ve already been fasting for 8–12 hours.
When you go without eating for periods of time, it’s actually quite hard to eat enough calories to maintain or gain weight, even if you occasionally binge during the eating phase. Why IF instead of a normal diet? For one, it’s easier. Anyone can go a couple hours without eating. Going days or weeks in a calorie deficit can be exhausting. Here is a list of other researchable reasons:
- Fat loss
- Hormone regulation
- Cancer prevention
- Longevity (live longer)
- Increased brain function
- Microbiome normalization
- Decreased insulin sensitivity (how you react to carbs)
- Metabolism Boost
Sounds pretty good right? If you want to give this a go, don’t just wing it. Do a little research. Use your brain — don’t be stupid. If you’re obese or have a medical condition, research is even more important. The most common kind of IF is to abstain from eating for 18 hours per day, then eat during a 6 hour window. There are other, more advanced fasting techniques you can test out if you’re a crazy person like me, like 48 hours with no food. But I will reiterate this again: don’t be stupid. Keep a log. How do you feel the days you fast? How do you feel the next day? Keeping a journal is the only way you’ll know what works for your body.
What’s for breakfast tomorrow?